Cultural Landscapes, Heritage and Territorial Design

There is a certain experience of regional impulse plans based on heritage, understood in its broadest sense, as natural and built heritage. Some of the most recent and successful planning initiatives show the interest of this new approach.

The emergence of heritage parks plans of cultural dimension (industrial, agricultural, mining, archaeological …) or natural (fluvial) also contains a potential for renewal of intervention methods and instruments.

All these plans contemplate some basic premises: identify the most interesting resources and offer a structured and attractive interpretation of them, narrate a story capable of attracting visits and investments, of discovering opportunities of activity and project areas, of locating the territory in conditions to start a new momentum of economic development.

In all these initiatives, the aim is to unite the cultural resources based on a territorial idea-force, to provide them with structure, to verify them through a design approach, to construct an interpretative hypothesis of a relevant episode and to advance criteria for the organization of this territory, for the coherent management of those resources.

This course aims to offer a general overview of the evolution in the heritage treatment, from monuments preservation to cultural landscapes; to become familiar with the concepts of cultural landscape and heritage park, with the existing documentation, with studies, projects and specialized literature; to show the state of the art in relation to projects in cultural landscapes; to interpret the situation of cultural landscapes in our context and the challenges that this new concept of landscape presents to urbanism.

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